Not only has Brooklyn’s black style been upstaged. It has been rebuked.
“Bird was one of the first to bring fashion that wasn’t dumbed down to Brooklyn,” said Mary Alice Stephenson, a stylist and fashion commentator who has lived in Brooklyn for some 20 years, according to the Times. “Dumbed down” is how she described Brooklyn fashion before Mankins. Wow. That is so offensive.
... The failure of the newcomers to acknowledge the creativity and style that preceded them is the modern day equivalent of landing in the Caribbean and saying you discovered it. I hear the same thing about Harlem all the time. ...
I’m really tired of seeing us and our contributions erased, belittled and rendered invisible. It’s good that we all voted for Obama, but if we want to be one nation, we really need to sit down and talk about a lot of things, including what it means to acknowledge and respect the existence and culture of other people.